Funeral Consumers Alliance of Maryland and Environs

The Funeral Consumers Alliance of Maryland and Environs (FCAME) is the regional chapter of a national non-profit consumer education and advocacy organization, the Funeral Consumers Alliance.

Your Funeral Information Source

Information about funerals and cremation for family members as well as downloadable materials for clergy and social workers serving hospices, hospitals, retirement homes and other communities.

Mortuary Price Guide

Results of 2015 Price Survey of the local funeral industry

News and Consumer Alerts

Read about the latest developments.

Summer 2015 Plain Talk – the FCAME Newsletter. This issue describes funeral-related legislation that FCAME supported or opposed in the Maryland General Assembly this year. There also is an article on green burials, and which cemeteries offer them within driving distance of the DC Metro area.

Winter 2015 Plain Talk – the FCAME Newsletter. This issue focuses on a topic that is disturbing to some people – handling dead bodies. One article discusses myths regarding embalming and cosmetic restoration, and another explains how those processes are done. A third article reviews a recent book by a mortician who discusses in a candid, irreverent manner what she saw working in a crematory.

Watch a video discussing death care options, “Consumer Compass #15“, which was produced for Montgomery County’s Office of Consumer Protection by the county’s cable TV channel.

FCAME testimony in April 2015 on SB 391 to require applicants for a license have a criminal history records check and require the Board of Morticians to also consider applicant’s subsequent work history and references. FCAME had bill introduced; bill was passed.

FCAME testimony in April 2015 on HB 491 to establish requirements for conservation cemeteries. FCAME supported; bill was defeated.

FCAME testimony in April 2015 on HB 127 to advance dates for sunset evaluation of Board of Morticians. FCAME opposed; bill was defeated.

FCAME testimony in March 2015 on SB 160 / HB 729 to authorize cease and desist orders to stop unlicensed practice. FCAME had bill introduced; bill was passed.

FCAME testimony in March 2015 on SB 433 to authorize unclaimed cremains of veterans to be buried. FCAME supported; bill was passed.

FCAME testimony in March 2015 on SB 70 / HB 98 to prohibit stays of summary suspension. FCAME supported; bill was defeated.

FCAME testimony in March 2015 on SB 159 / HB 321 to require reporting and audits of prepaid funeral contracts. FCAME had bill introduced; bill was defeated.

FCAME testimony in March 2015 on HB 1062 to specify requirements for care and custody of human remains. FCAME supported; bill was defeated.

FCAME testimony in March 2015 on HB 190 to prohibit licensing and permit fees for crematory operators FCAME opposed; bill was defeated.

FCAME testimony in March 2015 on HB 193 / SB 446 to authorize changes regarding the Executive Director of the Board of Morticians. FCAME opposed; bill was defeated.

FCAME testimony in March 2015 on HB 561 regarding filling of vacancies on the Board of Morticians. FCAME opposed original bill; bill was passed after troublesome half of it was removed.

Maryland Consumers Guide to Cemeteries, Funeral Homes and Monument Dealers

Information to help with the purchases of burial goods and services made from a cemetery, funeral home or monument dealer. See also consumer tips and frequently-asked questions provided by Maryland’s Office of Cemetery Oversight.

FCAME is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization. Donations are tax deductible.